The Littlest Pea and a Girl Scout Overnight at Franklin Park Conservatory

We have lived in Central Ohio for almost 15 years and there is still so many things on my list of places to visit. I have been so lucky that in these past few months I have been able to visit these places with my peas and our Girl Scout troop.

Not only did we get to visit the Franklin Park Conservatory but we were able to visit during the colorful and delicate exhibit of Chihuly: Celebrating Nature & Chihuly Nights and we got to spend the night!  We toured the exhibit in the evening and in the daytime and it was like viewing two different places.

http://www.fpconservatory.org       www.chihuly.com   

We brought our sleeping bags and stayed in the Wells Barn…I will spare you how it was a wooden floor and I am a chubby 45 year old woman who had no business sleeping that way next time a blow up mattress (I didn’t know I could bring one and paid for that) ANYWHO….


Our Scouts were able to learn how to make home made noodles which honestly I would love to have her do here she said they were so good!

After this yummy homemade pasta snack we headed downstairs for some painting and modge podge….

THEN we walked over to the Conservatory and yes, it was everything I had hoped it would be …. and oh yeah the pea liked it too LOL 🙂 

We walked in to immediately see the first two Chihulys I think we were all in awe because we just stared at them for awhile, they were so beautiful.

There were so many areas of the Conservatory just peppered with Chihuly and beautiful plants specifically Orchids this time of year. 

We walked through with our guide and saw a wedding set up for the next day I can only imagine how gorgeous that wedding will be.

After out night walk in the Conservatory the girls were invited to make S’mores it was so cold!!

Those are the leaders up there after smores it was free time and get ready for bed …..OH MY GOSH I honestly could have just stayed up all night HARD WOOD FLOOR….

After what seemed like forever we got up the next morning for breakfast I had coffee while I tried to straighten out my body…..

After we were able to pack everything up in the car and grab out patches we were allowed to go back to the Conservatory for one last look seeing it in a different light.  We even saw some areas that we missed the night before.

 

There is so much to see here and in the summer we plan to go back for the outside sites too! 

 

As of now during our time of staying at home the Conservatory is closed, please visit their website for updates on when they plan to reopen and hope to support the Conservatory during this time.

Two Peas and a Cat Cafe

Before we hit our new status of stay at home the peas and I were lucky enough to hang out with some friends and go to a few amazing local places. One place that the peas had been begging to go to was our local cat cafe Eat, Purr, Love.

https://www.eatpurrlovecatcafe.com/

The cafe is really fun we are able to make a reservation on line it was $10.75 an hour for each of us. The cafe is ran by Columbus Humane so all the cats are adoptable, unfortunately we couldn’t adopt as we just adopted Nightmare from the streets LOL. But we really wanted to spend some time with them and be able to donate to the organization. While we waited for our friends to get the oldest pea got a hot chocolate and the littlest pea grabbed a board game to play. You go through two doors to get in the cat area so that they don’t get out, they allow 10 people back there and who I will call the cat concierge takes us back.

Once we got back there everyone scattered !

These cat’s have it made while they wait for their forever homes; they even have a fish tank to watch it may have caught the attention of the The Pheebs too.

The back wall of the cafe have pictures of all of the adoptees and they are running out of room happily~ !

We had a great time visiting with our new fur friends and believe it or not none of these guys where there a week later they were all adopted !

Right now the cafe is closed BUT the new online store is open so you can still support the cause. And hopefully they will be open again soon! Until then follow them on Instagram and Facebook for updates~

Spring Break 2017 Wednesday

The Columbus Zoo! Since we just renewed our membership of course we had to go!

https://www.columbuszoo.org/home/visit

We had Gorp of course but hit Wendy’s before we went in. And this particular Wendy’s (6195 Glick Rd, Shawnee Hills, OH 43065) had the nicest staff, they even gave the peas free frostys and walked around to make sure everyone in there was happy. And yes frosty’s make the peas happy LOL

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The Zoo was busy but parking was pretty easy for lunch time 🙂

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We love this zoo and try to go any time we can with a membership it’s easy to just go a couple of hours or all day.   Bur what shall we do today?!?

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Hi Jungle Jack Hanna

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We always run through the house at Habitat Hollow seems aimed at littles but the peas still love it.

And we never miss the Polar Bears and Artic Foxes ….. but this time NO BEARS 😦 nm,

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Didn’t stop the little one from taking her doll and playing in the arctic playground!

WE caught the Bald Eagle in all his glory, and the Sloth Bear in all his lazy LOL~

Pheebs wanted to visit the Rhino and empty her pockets into the conservatory fund …..

Cougar cat …..

We visited the Asian Elephants and the Red Panda that snuck up a tree that we were watching but never turned around to say hi ….

We didn’t get to see all of the Zoo but hey that’s why it’s great to get a membership~ a little at a time no grumpy kids, no need to rush and if the animals aren’t out this time they will be next time! 

By the way we were pretty excited to see that out favorite Arctic Fox was the cover animal for the map 🙂 

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So if you are ever in Columbus visit the Zoo! 

 

Spring Break 2017 Tuesday

Next on our week of fun we were heading to Hocking Hills and if you follow this blog you know we are some GORP loving girls!  So we made a peanut butter mix for the trip on Monday night.  Not very colorful but very yummy! 

Next morning we packed our lunches grabbed our hiking boots, the waters, the backpack full of everything we needed and took off to The Rock House.  

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Just like wanting to hit all the central Ohio parks to hike, we want to hit all the Hocking Hills areas too.  The Rock House looked pretty amazing and well……it was.  

Phoebe and I climbed everything we could BUT Py has a new-found fear of slipping  and instead chose to stay at the bottom and watch ….and start the Phoebe Near Death Count as we do when we go hiking.

Once we reached the inside of one of the rocks it was just as awesome as I had hoped.

Did  I mention it was dark in there??

We stayed in there awhile Phoebe and I climbed up and Py took some really bad pictures that will never be released  LOL ! 

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We climbed back out and found ourselves on the other side of the park! We had to walk a couple of miles up these kiddos were getting tired good thing we had GORP ! 

Once we got up that crazy hill we ate our lunch and Phoebe hid her gnome in places just to take fun pictures. She is creative that’s for sure!

After lunch we decided that we would head over to Old Man’s Cave it was still early and we still had GORP after all! 

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I admit so far this part of the park is my favorite for the photo ops 🙂 

At this point we have been here so often we knew just where to go, you know for more pics ….

When the girls got to far in front of me I yelled Stop……Hammer Time and yeah they did it….HAHA!

Check another fun day off the books it was time to get our muddy selves home. 

Go here http://parks.ohiodnr.gov/hockinghills to map out your trip to HH ~ 

PS. Phoebe’s near death count 11 (if you read the blog you know Py freaks out every time Pheebs get fearless) and as she (Phoebe) is watching me type this blog tonight she would like to add that Pyper had a trip count of 5 or 7…… 🙂 

Stay tuned for Spring Break 2017 Wednesday….the Zoo! 

Spring Break 2017 Sunday

This year I took the week off with the girls to spend some major quality time doing all kinds of things.  

I spent time figuring out just what we would do each day and as we did them they checked them off the list.  Sunday we went to a skating party to kick off our week of fun!  The oldest pea is not a fan but she tries, the littlest loves skating. 

Of Course when you add nasty glowing crap all it has to be fun! 

Have I mentioned how happy I am to be able to spend Spring Break with these two cuties ? !  and tell you ALL about the fun stuff you can do locally or near by too 🙂 then after the Spring Break 2017 post stay tuned….I will also do a behind the scenes with the peas….it isn’t all fun and smiles people it will be time to unload!~  

We’ve lost her…..LOL

But not this one she could skate all day….

Or fall….

One last pic for the Mom (those faces!) …. now to tell you all about Monday! 

Skate America in Grove City…….the little loves skating here the oldest likes the games 🙂 

 

Two Peas and Indian Run Falls

 

It all started with a can we have a sleepover?????….and honestly I get this every weekend it was no shock LOL.  I normally would say clean your room and sure…only the weather had been so nice I wanted to go hiking the next day so I said no because they would have to leave early the next day and that’s no fun……So um yeah they had a sleepover….. I am a pushover this has been proven in so many ways but this was a good one I just took them all!

Phoebe was the first one up that Sunday so we made omelets and toast for the girls her sister loves to bake she loves to cook.  When they are old enough maybe I won’t have too *fingers crossed.

We packed up some water, apples and granola bars and set off to Dublin we hadn’t been to this one so we get to check that off our list of parks.

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It was a smaller park than we have been to but we found some amazing things while we walked.

Of course the girls felt the need…..OH…!

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Then the falls as usual Phoebe wanted to get in….it’s not that warm!  Py and I have a near death count for Phoebe on all our outdoor adventures the highest was at Hocking Hills with 30 something….this is where  she wants to do something that could potentially lead to very bad things.  Such as jumping over the gate to the falls….Near Death Count 1

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There was a longer trail we could have taken but they were getting antsy and since I didn’t pack lunches only snacks …..we just stayed a couple hours.

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We walked to the other side of the park which was an old cemetery and this http://dublinohiousa.gov/grounds-of-remembrance/  The Grounds of Remembrance.  The girls paid their respects we talked about what it meant went back then looked at the old grave stones. 

Some pics on the walk back to the car…..

I’d claim them all ~ I think they had fun they even let me take pictures so yeah! 

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As great as this park was as I mentioned before it was smaller and no kids playing area so we went over to Hilliard to Homestead Park.

 Let those kids run free! 

So as much I we hate global warming the nice days were very much welcomed.  This Mom needs to be outside and these kids all need to run around and not be on their devices all the time!   I can’t wait for the next place and maybe we will have more friends come……let me know if you’d love to come along! 

 

One Pea and the Arctic Lights Tour

The Artic Light Tour in case you didn’t know is this:  A bunch of YouTube, Musically, Snapchat whatever kids that have your kids so into them that they beg you to meet them …..tickets aren’t too bad parents are free so sure you go.   They serve alcohol for the parents and $5 half ice filled diet cokes for those who chose not to drink when you’re driving your kid…..needless to say the lady behind us in line with her daughter downed at least 9 Buds before the concert or whatever they call it even started.  Yeah I’m judging deal with it.  

We do these things for our kids to make them happy, she was SO happy to meet one guy just one and they ran out of his sweatshirt and t shirt so she got the same white sweatshirt everyone else there ended up with (lucky kid that day his sweatshirts were everywhere). Thinking back I should have let her take a friend, next time for sure I’ll hold the coats and totally smuggle in a 20oz diet coke of my own….$5 ….seriously. BTW the beer was $3 way to go Bluestone.  Clearly you banked on the parents who did not want to be there.  Being her first one though, I’m glad it was just us.

Look at this face….my beautiful, brilliant, 12 year old spawn was SMILING with ME her Mom this was no small feat people!! I asked before we got out of the car can we take a selfie….she said yeah with people I want to.  OUCH  thanks….she took one anyway. I mean come on I don’t use crest white strips not to take a selfie every so often for real. 

We waited in the freezing cold line for an hour…..I could not feel my toes we had VIP tickets not the Gold mind you but the ones where she could get in early (that barely happened) and the meet and greet. She didn’t know a few of the people she wanted to see 3 people I think 2 for sure (especially since  you got the damn sweatshirt with the wrong guys name)….. 

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We got in and stood in line there for an hour it was like Disneyland for her the BMV for me but look ….smiling….and that’s not the guy she wanted to meet ….so you can imagine how nervous she was….

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Here he is and my phone was blurry I felt terrible it just went so fast!  She didn’t even care she was still happy.

Her day was complete but you gotta hit the one who’s sweatshirt I just paid $50 for because you should probably know who’s name you’re wearing what if he’s a jerk?  

Luckily he wasn’t, they talked the others didn’t LOL ! 

After the line she grabbed my phone and sent all the pics to herself as any kid would do…

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She didn’t even care to stay for the whatever it was a chat amongst friends I don’t even know….but I told her we should at least watch some of it right?

It was basically a musically snapchat whatever the heck fest; they took pics with the crowd did a mannequin challenge ….. basically what every teenager does with their friends, no one sang or danced or had a comedy act……BUT she ……took another selfie with me and SMILED….!

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Then trying to be the cool mom her fave guy walked by and I got a pic….of the back of his head…..yep cool mom RIGHT HERE  I got the look ….but I tried LOL

So she did get in on the challenge and ran down to record a little on her phone she seemed genuinely happy.

I know it seems like this post is making fun, but the fact is we’ve been through a lot the last 2.5 years, the divorce was super hard on this one.  She’s like her mom, keeps it all in until she explodes…usually on me and that’s ok I just want her to be a kid, kids shouldn’t stress about things, they just shouldn’t.  So if taking her to this made her happy maybe she can realize she can be happy all the time if she just let go a little. (and I’m really not a bad guy)

Now…..back to our usual programming ….(BIG eye roll or iPhone roll ha!  I think that’s a mom joke)

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Two Peas and a Bubble Run

Pyper had been begging me to do a 5K with her for as long as I can remember….well this girl doesn’t run, well a lot anyway. But when I saw the Bubble Run coming to Columbus I thought it was perfect it was a run/walk type 5K and since the Pheebs wouldn’t be running like we could it was the one to do.   So I signed us up….not long after telling some friends about it they signed up too!   Py was so excited we were going to practice we were going to run every change we got to be in shape for this….then the day came….we didn’t practice but she had volleyball practice literally every day this summer so she was good….me? I was going to have to fake an injury! (just kidding)

A week before the run I ran and got our packets, t shirts, headbands, bottles and a rubber ducky ….too funny!~

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The morning of the run we arrived pretty early we were pretty psyched our first 5K!~

So we put water in the water bottles we almost forgot we had and took some before pics yes Py is slouching to not be taller than me she’s a goofball ~ 🙂

Then our friends started to arrive!

We could see the beginning and all the bubbles, the letter we got about the run told us we needed to hold on to kids under 12 years old I think well my friend Lisa and I have some pretty independent 8 and almost 8 years old so they will be fine….but just in case we had all the girls hold hands.

 Our littlest friends  were with their mom and dad (my friend Lillian and her amazing family!)

Then we lost all sight of anything and anyone ~ The first bubble color was pink! 

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and that my friends is why you hold hands ….those bubbles were 10 feet tall and got everywhere in your nose, mouth, and eyes you couldn’t see anything and 3 ft tall peeps could get lost so easy!  but on the flip side all the kids where laughing their  tails off!  (after my panic attack I was laughing pretty hard too!~ I hid my phone as not to get it bubbly and tried to take better pictures of these faces but trust me they were funny!

 

Then Everything Green! 

We had more colors but after about five the littles were just done ! And Lisa took them to the finish by a short cut while the bigs and me finished it out with only two colors to go! 

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DONE!!!  We grabbed some waters, granola bars and slowly walked back to the car we were tired! 

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One last selfie with one proud Big and one crabbie hungry Little LOL 🙂 

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That was a fun day and all of us can;t wait to do it again! 

Finding Columbus

We have lived in Columbus since July of 2005 and I have yet to see everything it has to offer.

So one weekend when the Peas were away  I decided to go to the Columbus Art Museum only…..it was Labor Day weekend and they were closed for cleaning or something it figured ….

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at least I got to see that before the security guard said sorry come back next week.  Sigh* I wasn’t going home it was too nice out and I needed to roam……and roam I did.  I Instagrammed it all https://www.instagram.com/jamie330/  which was fun and annoying to the few people that follow me I’m sure HAHA!~

I walked around the museum for a little bit got a picture that probably everyone in Columbus has taken at some point in their life it’s still a pretty cool pic.  The Columbus College of Art and Design:

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A couple random pieces on the same street:

Then I just drove around looking for a spot to stop and hang out I ran into the Franklin Park Conservatory I didn’t go inside I’ll wait for the Peas for that but I found art and beauty none the less.    http://www.fpconservatory.org/

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I fell in love with this sculpture…. “Reaching Out” by Hungarian sculptor, and holocaust survivor, Alfred Tibor.

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The NavStar sculpture, created by artist Stephen Canneto  the sun was reflecting perfectly off the tips I was dodging a couple having their wedding pictures done

I even saw where they were having the ceremony it was pretty adorable and a perfect day for a wedding.

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SQUIRREL  !~

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I sat on the bench in front of the conservatory  and thought where to?  (also thought wow do I need a hair cut and have since taken care of that one…)

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So I got back on the car and drove….around the building….. where they had more outdoor gardens  This one was amazing it was a ton of community gardens and the Serenity Garden of the Meuses:

I didn’t stay long no one was back there I felt intrusive so I jumped back in the car drank my diet coke and just drove with no direction and ended up in German Village~ of course I had to come to the Book Loft I could live here!

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BOOKS!  and some outdoor shots too 🙂

I walked around German Village for awhile and saw some amazing architecture too they even have walks through the Village in the summer to admire the gardens, shops and homes.  https://germanvillage.com/visitors-center/walking-tour/

It was hot out the hair went up but I wasn’t done yet!  (also I am super bad at selfies Py usually takes our selfies LOL)

I drove by Goodale Park so I stopped of course, it was busy with families chasing Pokemon….

I just roamed some more it had an amphitheater that looked abandoned for the season not sure if it was used but it had a whole set built around it…   http://goodalepark.org/

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I hope to go see an outdoor play here next time they have one!

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The bronze statue of Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller (I had to look that up) for whom the park was named 🙂

I hung out awhile here walked around the flowers were beautiful, the people where happy and the ducks were loud LOL!

It was getting pretty hot out and by this time it was like 4:00 and I had been aimelessly wandering for about 6 hours……maybe time to head home…..until I saw this!

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It was everything I hoped it would be LOL….it had so many rooms and so much stuff!  They have a blog but it looks like no ones touched it since 2011…maybe I can help with that??

http://greatercolumbusantiquemall.blogspot.com/   they are on FB though you can see them here https://www.facebook.com/GreaterColumbusAntiqueMall/  But nothing is better than going to the place.

I started from the top floor and worked my way out the front door….

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So I am all by myself upstairs listening to 80’s hairbands playing through all the store that was awesome BTW.

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I was taking in all the smells and sights of the old toys, books, nick nacks when two little girls creep up on me and scare the %^&*() out of me they just laughed and ran off ….YEAH kids don’t do that in this old probably haunted building…”I do believe in spooks I do I do!”

If I had a credit card I would have needed  a truck to carry out all I wanted….But the things I loved the most where just the creepy things like these:

The furniture and the pictures some where just stunning some needed to be in a haunted mansion….

How about the clothes and yes there was a ton I would have totally worn~

I found another stair case I already went down two so this was a surprise!  It had a lot of larger furniture…

Then all the little things:

I think I saw it all so I creaked down the steps and said good bye to the people at the front desk and out the door….

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Pretty amazing day if I say so myself.

 

 

Two Peas and Highbanks Metro Park

Wanting to keep hiking and visit new parks we visited Highbanks Metro Park it had a ton of trails to hit so we were pretty excited, plus the girls love the natural playgrounds and they had one!

We went to the nature center first just to check it out and grab a map.  Outside the building they had an Eagles Nest that they encouraged you too add too…..it was all good and well until the littlest pea ran up to it and got stabbed in the leg…..needless to say she said they can build it themselves and ran off to climb the fallen branches.

Once the band aid was put on the stab wound we ran inside to get the map, it was pretty amazing inside too….

They had insects, snakes, fish and so much information about the parks and the girls could just go no need to keep saying don’t touch that because it was all there to touch and explore.

After about 30 minutes though it was time to start hiking, we went out the back door and saw a baby raccoon but he was so fast we didn’t get a picture….we did see about 40 people hunting Pokemon though it was kind of funny that they are looking for these things on their phones not once looking up to see the real animals right in front of them….luckily no one walked into the bee hive~ BZZZZZZ

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I feel so lucky sometimes that my daughters can appreciate nature and visiting these parks (stay tunes for a blog post later this month about a day we DID NOT appreciate nature while camping LOL!)

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Another 90 degree weather day ….. we didn’t care lets find that natural playground!

They made a tepee ( Pyper and I helped after Phoebe got stuck in this position! )

No pictures were taken of us all climbing the trees though, no hands to hold the phone and according to the girls I don;t have to take pictures of everything….which is untrue but whatever….so here’s more!

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It was seriously a beautiful day just look at those clouds!  We made our way to the creek Phoebe’s favorite part….until we saw a bazillion mosquitoes~

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Needless to say we stuck to the trails …..